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Appian regards social, environmental and governance standards as crucial elements within all investment opportunities and portfolio companies

Local school children and teachers outside classrooms donated by Roxgold

Community Initiatives

Community infrastructure programs

Appian supports a wide range of community infrastructure programs internationally, including the construction of classrooms, health centres and water wells. Additionally, the Appian Way Charitable Foundation seeks to contribute to the health and equal education of the children in the communities and principal regions Appian invests into.

Golang Primary School healthy planting and eating project

Peak Resources, Tanzania – First bucket of water from donated well

Local recruitment and training

Appian provides extensive local recruitment and vocational training opportunities for surrounding communities. Appian’s portfolio companies have created 4,560 direct jobs in remote and rural communities, and ~11,000 jobs more indirectly.

Atlantic Nickel Santa Rita mine opening ceremony

Education program with regional schools

Preferential procurement

Appian portfolio companies have placed US$140m of preferential procurement with local suppliers and contractors. Atlantic Nickel, MVV, Harte, Avanco and Roxgold continue to preferentially grant goods and services contracts to local suppliers.

Construction at MVV

Supporting community enterprise

Appian provides funding to support community enterprise schemes and business opportunities including supporting farmers, the donation of computers, community response planning in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and environmental stewardship initiatives.

Planting initiatives at Roxgold

Community members visit the Serrote project greenhouse

Gender equality

The mining industry is non-traditional as it struggles to attract female candidates into the talent pool. Only 5.6% of the mining engineering class of Queen’s University’s Engineering program of 2019 were women. Appian is addressing this gender imbalance by encouraging its portfolio companies to be equal opportunity companies. At Atlantic Nickel, ~14% of employees are women. 39% of employees of shared services, including IT, supply chain, legal accounting and finance, are female and at the site, 10% of all employees are women. At MVV, 21% of all employees are women.

Roxgold employee